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Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:45:43 GMT

Doug Jones addressed the crowd Monday night at a rally in Birmingham, Ala.Doug Jones, a former prosecutor, defeated scandal-scarred Roy S. Moore for the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Republicans, Closing In on Final Tax Bill, Aim for a Vote Next Week

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:40:27 GMT

Speaker Paul D. Ryan praised on Tuesday the Treasury Department’s analysis of the tax bill.In a frenzy of last-minute negotiations, Republicans drew closer to a 21 percent corporate tax rate and a top individual rate of 37 percent.

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Economic Scene: Tax Plan’s Biggest Cuts Could Be in Living Standards

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:46:14 GMT

President George W. Bush at a signing ceremony for a $1.35 trillion tax-cut bill in 2001.Cutting taxes is mostly an exercise in slicing the economic pie a different way, not making it bigger, with gains for a few offset by losses for many.

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‘Fake News,’ Trump’s Obsession, Is Now a Cudgel for Strongmen

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:39:26 GMT

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, center, answers questions at the Gostiny Dvor studio during the annual “Direct Line with Vladimir Putin broadcast live” by Russian TV channels and radio stations in Moscow in June.Leaders who don’t like to be criticized or investigated have embraced the term. Scholars fear that it further erodes trust in democracy.

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Trump’s Combative Denials Again Draw Him Into the Sexual Harassment Debate

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:05:43 GMT

President Trump listened to Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks in a signing ceremony for the Space Policy Directive 1, a return to the moon for American astronauts, at the White House on Monday.In denying again the accusations against him and deriding Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the president ensured that the issue would gain added energy and prominence.

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Tawdry Tales Depict a Texas Congressman’s Frat House on the Hill

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:20:48 GMT

Two former aides to Representative Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, described his office as freewheeling, yet also filled with fear.Representative Blake Farenthold, the subject of an ethics investigation, set the tone for off-color jokes and inappropriate banter, legal documents and interviews with former aides suggest.

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Trump Sexual Misconduct Accusations Repeated by Several Women

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:28:29 GMT

From left, Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds and Samantha Holvey held a news conference on Monday in Manhattan for a film that focuses on women who have publicly accused Donald J. Trump of sexual misconduct.The women said they hoped to be taken more seriously after a torrent of allegations that have toppled the careers of men in media, business and politics.

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Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:05:00 GMT

The Spotted Pig, the West Village restaurant that put Ken Friedman, an owner, and the chef April Bloomfield on the map.Ten female employees say they were sexually harassed by the owner of the Spotted Pig. Dozens described it as a toxic workplace fueled by fame and fear.

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Five Dancers Accuse City Ballet’s Peter Martins of Physical Abuse

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:07:58 GMT

Peter Martins with dancers from the New York City Ballet.The accusations, spanning decades, come after a sexual harassment claim against Mr. Martins.

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Sexual Harassment Cases Show the Ineffectiveness of Going to H.R.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:32:51 GMT

Emery Lindsley said she was ignored when she went to the human resources department of her former employer with a complaint about an executive. “She didn’t even write it down,” Ms. Lindsley said. “She didn’t seem to take it serious at all.”Human resources departments face a quandary: protect the employees who bring complaints or the companies that employ them.

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About New York: In a Bombing’s Aftermath, Doubling Down on the Everyday

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:10:49 GMT

A witness in the subway firebombing case of Edward Leary pointed to a mock-up of a subway car. In the 1994 attack, dozens of people were injured, many of them seriously, by Mr. Leary, center rear.After a man detonated a bomb strapped to his chest near Times Square, New Yorkers kept their fears at bay and the subway turnstiles spinning.

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‘The Tunnel.’ Depressing, Claustrophobic and Now a Terror Target.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:33:20 GMT

Mosaics of happy people are part of an installation created in 2008 and titled “The Revelers” by Jane Dickson. The mosaics depict people probably on their way to or from watching the ball drop on the street above the tunnel on New Year’s Eve.The passageway between busy subway lines in Times Square, often crowded shoulder to shoulder, became the destination of a would-be suicide bomber.

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Inside the New York Subway Tunnel Bombed By a Terror Suspect

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:26:11 GMT

One day after a would-be suicide attacker set off a bomb in a New York City subway tunnel, locals were already back to using it. Here's a look inside.

On Campus: Roy Moore Drowns Us Out

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:11:44 GMT

He is a symbol of the way injustices fester and grow.

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Op-Ed Contributor: When Judges Prey on Clerks

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:27:56 GMT

Judge Alex Kozinski during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in March.Law professors should refuse to send students to problematic judges and publicly explain why.

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Op-Ed Contributor: How the Tax Bill Hurts the Poorest Schools

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:33:04 GMT

Congressional Republicans are going to make it more difficult for states to address inequality in public education.

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Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:08:48 GMT

Congress needs a new process for investigating harassment complaints and disciplining offenders.

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Opinion: Ed Sheeran Raises Money for Liberia — And Is Promptly Shamed

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:17:12 GMT

Ed Sheeran performing during Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 8.Criticizing the singer for promoting “poverty porn” hurts people the world has forgotten.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The White Supremacy Caucus

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:38:40 GMT

President Trump showed his support for Roy Moore at a rally in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday.Roy Moore, Donald Trump and Republican racism.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Steve Mnuchin Pulls a Paul Ryan

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:01:25 GMT

Steve Mnuchin, the U.S. treasury secretary, in Washington last month.A Treasury report on tax cuts that’s a sick joke, but very much in the modern G.O.P. tradition.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Voter Fraud in Alabama

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:59:49 GMT

Doug Jones, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, takes a selfie with a supporter during a campaign event in Birmingham.Also: More on Susan Collins’s mistake.

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Op-Ed Contributor: In Mississippi’s Museum Openings, a Victory for ‘Local People’

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:43 GMT

The story about the opening of the museums is also the story of the civil rights movement.

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Tillerson Says Embassy in Jerusalem Is at Least Three Years Away

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:32:53 GMT

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson spoke Tuesday at the Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington.On Tuesday, Rex W. Tillerson discussed the future of the embassy in a speech at the State Department and then took questions from department employees.

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Macron Holds a Climate Summit, and Trump Casts a Shadow

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:33:05 GMT

President Emmanuel Macron of France, left, and King Mohammed VI of Morocco en route to climate talks on the Île Seguin near Paris on Tuesday.Leaders, businesspeople and investors from around the world gathered near Paris at the invitation of the French president, who warned “we are losing the battle” against climate change.

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In Spending Spree, European Mall Operator Bets on Westfield

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:57:59 GMT

The Westfield Corporation’s shopping mall at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan.Though malls are struggling, Unibail-Rodamco is set to acquire Westfield, the owner of shopping centers including the mall at One World Trade Center.

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India Bans Condom Ads From Prime-Time TV

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:07:37 GMT

An International Condom Day event in New Delhi in February. Despite government efforts to control population growth, the rate of condom use in India is low.Conservative social groups pressured the government to crack down on the commercials, saying they were inappropriate for children.

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Oscar Pistorius Is Bruised in Prison Brawl

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:33:28 GMT

Oscar Pistorius arriving at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, in July 2016.The South African prisons authorities said the altercation at Atteridgeville Correctional Center would be investigated and that “appropriate action” would be taken.

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Quakes and Fires? It’s the Cost of Living That Californians Can’t Stomach

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:44:33 GMT

Russel Lee has been living out of an R.V. since he lost his home in the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, Calif.For many Californians, natural disasters are a moment to take stock and rethink the dream. But in the end, it almost always comes down to cost.

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The Shift: I Was Wrong About Bitcoin. Here’s Why.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:33:49 GMT

People using a Bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong. Bitcoin has soared in value, but more as an investable security like gold than as a currency for everyday purchases.Our columnist predicted in 2013 that Bitcoin, then a new digital currency, would soon die. He points to five assumptions he got wrong.

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Artist Flees Beijing After Filming Devastation of Mass Evictions

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:51:03 GMT

Hua Yong, a painter, has shot and posted online dozens of videos documenting the forced removal of thousands of migrant workers from Beijing.

The Neediest Cases Fund: Carrying a Load of Debt and Pain, and Determined to Get Stronger

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:11:50 GMT

Kristian Hidalgo is working to pay off student debt while dealing with the pain of his rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.Kristian Hidalgo, 24, aims to push through the pain, aches and fatigue of his illnesses while paying off his student debt.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Embraces the Magic and Mystery. Read Our Review.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:43 GMT

In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Adam Driver returns as Kylo Ren, a charismatic villain who has modeled himself on Darth Vader.With charm and wit, the latest “Star Wars” movie unites the past and present as it looks toward the future.

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At Chapelco in Argentina, Skiing, Steaks, Sun (and Few Crowds)

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:20 GMT

Boarding and skiing at Chapelco in Argentina.This modern resort in Patagonia is relatively undiscovered, but the slopes can be stunning. And it’s close to a charming town with great empanadas.

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Encounters: ‘Insecure’ No More, Yvonne Orji Still Enjoys Cheap Pizza

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:30:52 GMT

Yvonne Orji at 2 Bros Pizza.The actress and comic has opened for Chris Rock, and her HBO show is a hit. But after a set at Carolines she recalled leaner times.

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Why You Need the Flu Shot Every Year

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:45:23 GMT

You probably know you need a flu shot every flu season, but here’s why — and why it’s so important.

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Phys Ed: How Exercise Can Make for Healthier Fat

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:33:27 GMT

A single session of exercise may change the molecular workings of fat tissue in ways that, over time, should improve metabolic health.

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Economic View: Why Trying New Things Is So Hard to Do

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:17:03 GMT

Most people make relatively few personal experiments, in both small and big things. The cost of passivity is enormous.

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11 Things We Learned From Our Readers This Year

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:52:20 GMT

How to speak your love briefly. How to heal from trauma. How to stop thinking and start doing. Here's what you, our readers, taught us this year.

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Review: In ‘The Children,’ the Waters Rise and a Reckoning Comes Due

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:45:22 GMT

Deborah Findlay and Ron Cook as married physicists visited by a former colleague in Lucy Kirkwood’s play “The Children.”In Lucy Kirkwood’s chilling play, the meltdown of a nuclear power plant is not just an environmental crisis, but an existential one.

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Nonfiction: The Comic Strip’s Heyday in ‘Cartoon County’

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:33 GMT

Cullen Murphy recounts his coming-of-age among the elites of American illustration.

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:00:15 GMT

Gabriel García Márquez with Fidel Castro in a photograph that will be available online as part of his archive.The Harry Ransom Center in Texas has digitized and made available roughly half of the novelist’s archive, including a draft of an unpublished memoir.

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The TV Surprises and Snubs of the 2018 Golden Globes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:02:21 GMT

Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in a scene from “The Good Place.”The Golden Globe nominations came out this morning and on the TV side, there were some snazzy out-there choices, along with some snubs.

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How Much Food Do We Waste? Probably More Than You Think

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:55:05 GMT

A compost site in Staten Island, New York in 2014Globally, we throw out about a third of all food. That matters a lot in the fight against hunger, but reducing waste could also help cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Climb a $150 Million Stairway

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:09 GMT

Watch the construction of “Vessel,” an interactive, 15-story sculpture that is the centerpiece of five acres of public space at the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West Side.

ScienceTake: Curious Orangutans, Raised by Humans, Do Better on Cognitive Tests

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:30:31 GMT

Orangutans who were raised around people in safe environments are more curious and score better on cognitive tests.

Economic View: An Economist Explains: How to Sort Facts From Fictions

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:28:55 GMT

Numbers are not always reliable, and politics get in the way. Here is advice from an expert on the most solid sources for tracking the economic debate.

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Voices: Things I’ll Do Differently When I’m Old

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:43:07 GMT

Soon after my 50th birthday, I started keeping a list of “Things I will do/things I won’t do when I get old.” Ten years on, I’m still adding to it.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:48:43 GMT

Despite accusations of sexual misconduct, Roy Moore is leading among evangelicals in the Alabama Senate race.Preserving my identity as a Christian conservative means turning away from two movements that have shaped my life.

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Trump’s Way: Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:05:09 GMT

President Trump during a news conference in the Rose Garden last month.With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes on his doubters, powered by long spells of cable news and a dozen Diet Cokes. But if Mr. Trump has yet to bend the presidency to his will, he is at least wrestling it to a draw.

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